Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Beautiful Day

Thought I would share the lyrics to this beautiful song with you! “A Beautiful Day” by India Arie has been on repeat this morning and is a refreshing reminder to be happy and thankful for today. Happy Hump Day queens!

“A Beautiful Day” by India Arie

Life is a journey,
Not a destination
,
There are no mistakes,
Just chances we’ve taken
Lay down your regrets cause all we have is now

Wake up in the morning
And get out of bed
Start making a mental list in my head
Of all of the things that I am grateful for

Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes new dreams new ways
I open up my eyes and
I open up my mind and
I wonder how life will surprise me today

Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes new dreams new ways
I open up my heart and
I’m gon’ do my part and
Make this a positively beautiful day

La la la la la la la la la [x3]
It’s a beautiful day [x3]

Life is a challenge not a competition
You can still smell the roses and be on a mission
Just take a moment to get in touch with your heart
Sometimes you feel like you’ve got something to prove
Remind yourself that there’s only one you
Just take a moment to give thanks of who you are

La la la la la la la la la [x3]
It’s a beautiful day [x2]

Let’s make this a wonderful
Let’s make this a powerful
Let’s make this a beautiful day
It’s a beautiful day

Life is a journey,
Not a destination,
There are no mistakes,
Just chances we’ve taken
Lay down your regrets cause all we have is now


Listen to “A Beautiful Day”  on YouTube and check out India Arie’s website here. Photos are from her website!

FWD: Couldn't Do Without

Rereading my blog from last summer and really enjoyed this post. Thought I’d share it again because it was a quick refresher on why I need to appreciate my life everyday. I love how so many things that I “couldn’t do without” last summer are still constant this summer. The post is below:

June 14, 2009 : I’m feeling grateful lately, so I wanted to list things and people that I couldn’t live without, that make my life happier and sweeter!

  • My mom, her unconditional love for me, radiant energy, chaotic “organizational skills” and her ability to make the little messed up things fixable.
  • Headbands, I usually wear four or so each week, to make me feel calm and relaxed and to cover up “hair issues” I usually have.
  • Texting, all the time…usually to my sister Katie or my grandpa (who I taught to text in return for “dating advice”)
  • Ohio University. I can’t imagine going to school anywhere else. I have met perfect friends, had great professors, and I love my major. I am so happy here and have so many opportunities to have the best future I can.
  • Smoothies, I just had one and I’m already craving another?
  • Twitter, way better than Facebook.
  • Hilarious memories and inside jokes.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins! Currently on the TV right now…I wish I could be at the game! But they are always fun to watch, and the fans are the best and EVERYWHERE. Most fun to watch with everyone at school and obviously I love Letang and Crosby.
  • Exploring…which I want to do a lot of this summer in DC
  • Gmail chat, which recently is the new form of communication I have with my 12-year-old sister Hope.
  • Lattes; Starbucks is my weakness.
  • Jewelry: the basics: lots of earrings, three rings, bracelets and bangles, and recently the necklace from Erin for Christmas that I haven’t taken off.
  • Naps!
  • Scarves in the winter.
  • My little sisters, Kerry, Katie and Hope. The craziness, drama, loudness, great memories and love. I hope it continues for a long time.
  • Song lyrics, usually comparing them to my life, but often writing them down, copying them, singing them, studying and quoting them
  • My camera, despite having to by like six in three years. I love taking pictures of everything!
  • Gossip Girl episodes/outfit stalking/quoting, thanks to Sam. XOXO
  • Independence. Maybe it’s being in DC this summer, but also July 4th is my favorite holiday and I love America and being free!
  • Shopping; best if done when I’m not having a terrible day and trying to “fix” it through buying something.
  • My roommates this year Tess and Sam. From the HILARIOUS weekends to cozy movie nights to depressing all-night study sessions to simply sitting around, I couldn’t ask for greater people to always be there for me, listen to me and support me. I hope I do the same to them!
  • Blaring music. REALLY loud.
  • Panera. The You Pick Two combo was probably the greatest lunch invention in the world.
  • Flowers, for display or in the hair.
  • My dad’s obsession with sports and somehow turning me into a fan of whatever team he likes. The yelling and passion he has for the games just makes me smile and laugh.
  • Pretty much my whole family in general.
  • Tetris, the website I am on for about 4 hours every time I go to work at the rink.
  • Roadtrips, with people I love and laugh the most with!
  • The beach and sunshine. Nothing beats the feeling of running onto the sand into the ocean when it’s very hot outside and you are ready for some relaxation!
  • SUMMER! Because it’s beautiful and a refreshing break from school and cold weather. So enjoy yours :) And keep reading about mine!

FWD: Couldn’t Do Without

Rereading my blog from last summer and really enjoyed this post. Thought I’d share it again because it was a quick refresher on why I need to appreciate my life everyday. I love how so many things that I “couldn’t do without” last summer are still constant this summer. The post is below:

June 14, 2009 : I’m feeling grateful lately, so I wanted to list things and people that I couldn’t live without, that make my life happier and sweeter!

  • My mom, her unconditional love for me, radiant energy, chaotic “organizational skills” and her ability to make the little messed up things fixable.
  • Headbands, I usually wear four or so each week, to make me feel calm and relaxed and to cover up “hair issues” I usually have.
  • Texting, all the time…usually to my sister Katie or my grandpa (who I taught to text in return for “dating advice”)
  • Ohio University. I can’t imagine going to school anywhere else. I have met perfect friends, had great professors, and I love my major. I am so happy here and have so many opportunities to have the best future I can.
  • Smoothies, I just had one and I’m already craving another?
  • Twitter, way better than Facebook.
  • Hilarious memories and inside jokes.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins! Currently on the TV right now…I wish I could be at the game! But they are always fun to watch, and the fans are the best and EVERYWHERE. Most fun to watch with everyone at school and obviously I love Letang and Crosby.
  • Exploring…which I want to do a lot of this summer in DC
  • Gmail chat, which recently is the new form of communication I have with my 12-year-old sister Hope.
  • Lattes; Starbucks is my weakness.
  • Jewelry: the basics: lots of earrings, three rings, bracelets and bangles, and recently the necklace from Erin for Christmas that I haven’t taken off.
  • Naps!
  • Scarves in the winter.
  • My little sisters, Kerry, Katie and Hope. The craziness, drama, loudness, great memories and love. I hope it continues for a long time.
  • Song lyrics, usually comparing them to my life, but often writing them down, copying them, singing them, studying and quoting them
  • My camera, despite having to by like six in three years. I love taking pictures of everything!
  • Gossip Girl episodes/outfit stalking/quoting, thanks to Sam. XOXO
  • Independence. Maybe it’s being in DC this summer, but also July 4th is my favorite holiday and I love America and being free!
  • Shopping; best if done when I’m not having a terrible day and trying to “fix” it through buying something.
  • My roommates this year Tess and Sam. From the HILARIOUS weekends to cozy movie nights to depressing all-night study sessions to simply sitting around, I couldn’t ask for greater people to always be there for me, listen to me and support me. I hope I do the same to them!
  • Blaring music. REALLY loud.
  • Panera. The You Pick Two combo was probably the greatest lunch invention in the world.
  • Flowers, for display or in the hair.
  • My dad’s obsession with sports and somehow turning me into a fan of whatever team he likes. The yelling and passion he has for the games just makes me smile and laugh.
  • Pretty much my whole family in general.
  • Tetris, the website I am on for about 4 hours every time I go to work at the rink.
  • Roadtrips, with people I love and laugh the most with!
  • The beach and sunshine. Nothing beats the feeling of running onto the sand into the ocean when it’s very hot outside and you are ready for some relaxation!
  • SUMMER! Because it’s beautiful and a refreshing break from school and cold weather. So enjoy yours :) And keep reading about mine!

Curly Girl Design

Happy Saturday beauties! Don’t you love it when you can send something to someone that just says the words you can’t seem to express? Even better; how much do you appreciate when you receive the perfect something that just totally fits and matches your mood and mindset at the time? Curly Girl Design is that something for me.

When bopping around downtown Bowling Green today, I stopped in a favorite store For Keeps and was surprised and excited to find cards and new products from Curly Girl Design. I first discovered Curly Girl Design cards while browsing Cross Court card and gift shop, which has turned into a bi-weekly habit while at school. I began my mild obsession with the cards; and chose to send these cards to friends and family members.

Through browsing the Curly Girl Design website, I learned that Leigh Standley is the master behind the unique designs and bases her work out of Boston. On her website under the “Find Us” tab, you can access an interactive map that lists each gift shop that Curly Girl Design products are available at in each state. Sure enough, I found For Keeps & Cross Court listed right there!

The line has expanded to sell T-shirts, magnets, matted prints, keychains and wall canvas. I actually saw a small Curly Girl Design wall decor piece shaped like a girl that had the artwork and quotes incorporated into the shape. I wish I took a picture of that earlier! NEED to purchase. I love that the design incorporates  simple artwork mixed with surprising, whimsical details (example: The “pattern” of the skirt below) I also love that the quotes appear “collaged” onto the design and every card reflects a certain mood or emotion. Happiness. Missing your mom. Determination. Confusion. Thankfulness. Hope.


Receiving (and sending!) Curly Girl Design cards is just the pick-me-up (excuse me-crown polish) that you queens might need.

I’ve only included a small fraction of the amazing Curly Girl Design pieces that Leigh sells. Make sure you head to her website and check out Curly Girl Design on Facebook and Twitter!

Lists to Live By

The past few days I’ve been reading the book “Lists to Live By” (For Everything That Really Matters-Book One) which, coincidently, is full of different lists related to the topics of success, friendship, virtue, health, life’s transitions, standing strong, family values and family love. I wanted to post a few of my favorite lists that have inspired me from this book:

“ACTIONS THAT TAKE COURAGE” compiled by Dr. Steve Stephens and found on pages 72-73 of the book

  • Admitting you are wrong
  • Doing what is right when everyone else isn’t
  • Speaking to someone you don’t know
  • Saying “no” when people are trying to get you do something you know you shouldn’t
  • Telling the truth and accepting the consequences
  • Standing up for something you believe in even though it might mean rejection or ridicule
  • Defending someone who is considered unpopular or unacceptable
  • Facing a limitation and giving it your best regardless of pain or discomfort
  • Confronting a fear without running away
  • Being the only one
  • Giving sacrificially to protect or promote either someone you love, someone who has been wronged or someone who is in need
  • Taking a risk
  • Sharing your heart honestly (including your feelings, fears and failures)

“EIGHT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FAILURE” by Dale Galloway (pages 22-23)  from his book, “How to Feel like a Somebody Again”

  • To fail is not the same thing as being a failure
  • To fail is not the disgrace everyone thinks it is
  • Failure is only a temporary setback
  • Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without running the risk of failure
  • Failure is a natural preparation for success
  • Every failing brings with it the possibilities of something greater
  • What you do with failures is up to you
  • Failings are opportunities to learn how to do things better the next time-to learn where the pitfalls are and how to avoid them

“WHAT IS SUCCESS?” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, found on page 39

To laugh often and love much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approval of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To give of one’s self; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…This is to have succeeded.


Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom’s birthday and she is the ULTIMATE queen. I am so blessed and thankful to not only have her as a parent, but as a friend. She accepts me right where I am at in life and challenges me everyday to be the best person I can be. I decided to post pics of memorable days with her. Happy Birthday Mom!

Matching at Corbie's wedding

In Alexandria w/ Mom, Grandma and Papa

Congratulations!!!!

K and Mom before the Homecoming football game

Beauties. Kt and Mom before the school dance

Rosa Mexicana in DC---Amazing.

Adventures

With her only son, our dog Max!

Internship Reflections

Last night when I was catching up on some blogs, I came across Jennifer’s PeaceLovePR blog post from May titled “Taking Advantage of Interns”. Jennifer discusses how important it is to mentor interns, provide feedback  and mold student interns into the best professional they can be in the future. I loved the post and was reminded how thankful I am for three awesome internships I completed; specifically because of the way I, as the intern, was treated and what valuable tools and lessons I learned personally and professionally. The three internships I want to reflect on were with MDA, SBC Advertising and Intern Queen, Inc.

Last summer I interned in Washington D.C. for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Their PR office is based out of Arizona and each summer, they hire 12 interns to work across the country in different MDA offices to fulfill the role titled as “Regional Public Affairs Coordinators”.  Sometimes I hear people bashing on non-profit PR internships, but this internship would blow every comment or judgment out of the water. Not only was it paid, but I learned more and had hands-on experience doing PR than I ever imagined. I worked in D.C. and was responsible for promoting MDA events /news there, but also in all of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland. I worked directly with the employees in my small office and also with everyone in the six other offices in my designated region. Everyone was so helpful with providing feedback on the work I was doing (and outfits I was wearing!) and teaching me more about MDA overall to target the local media specifically. The girls in my office and the other regional offices made me feel like a fellow employee, not a lowly intern and it didn’t hurt that I worked with some of the most fashionable ladies in DC!

One of my first days interning!

I had weekly conference calls with the PR office and the other interns where we discussed what we were working on, what out goals and tasks for the week were and how we could collaborate together on larger national projects. Roxanne & Kelli in the PR office were constantly teaching us more effective writing skills, new promotional ideas and would gladly answer all questions I had. Reading Jennifer’s blog post immediately reminded me how MDA’s internship program really treats interns as a valuable and necessary part of the organization and also how the MDA’s PR team and each regional office constantly look for ways to help the interns transition into the professional world. To learn more about this awesome internship, click here.

Over winter break, I interned briefly at SBC Advertising, which was a totally different experience compared to working at MDA. The days were quick-paced and I was thrown into the PR mix to create communication messaging, create summary presentations after different PR outreach programs, monitor traditional and social media and much more. A lot of the tasks that I was doing as an intern were new to me. The aspect of how I was treated as an intern was very similar to MDA though; in that I received feedback on work and learned a lot about myself. The account coordinators were not afraid to tell me if I did something wrong, and I appreciate it because it’s made me more detail-oriented. I was given a lot of responsibility to track media placements and had to use programs I was completely clueless about and SBC set the expectations high. Overall, the interns at SBC Advertising were treated with respect and I left the internship learning WAY more about PR than I did through all of my classes combined. As Jennifer’s blog post states: “You [the employer] are committing yourself to guiding your intern and teaching them the difference between good PR and bad PR; so when they accept a position, they will continue to contribute positively to the PR world.” That quote completely encompasses what my challenging internship at SBC did and the skills I learned have transitioned into my PR role in many student organizations.

Video clip from a holiday project for SBC's client, AJWright

My current internship is working for Lauren Berger, The Intern Queen. Lauren is the CEO of Intern Queen Inc and the website provides students with access to internships-and they can apply for free! It’s my first virtual internship (besides for the weekly conference calls with MDA’s PR team!) and I love it! Some projects I work on individually and others I work with the other (AMAZING!) three interns, Kayla, Chandra and Alyssa. We help Lauren promote and schedule her speaking tours to different colleges, maintain social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, YouTube, Myspace), and work directly with companies to post internships on the site. This has been such an excellent experience for me-and Lauren as “the Intern Queen” obviously knows and understands relationships the employer and interns. The entire internship, I have had feedback on all work I’ve done; whether it’s a huge project or just a daily task. I also have felt comfortable asking her any questions; whether they are about Intern Queen Inc. or about my career path. Lauren has been an awesome mentor and through my internship, I’ve learned how to interact more effectively in the professional world.

Lauren Berger, The Intern Queen

Thanks again to Jennifer for sharing her thoughts about internships and the value and importance of mentoring, feedback and giving interns opportunities for success in the future. Thanks also to every employee at each of my internships that went out of their way to help shape my future (hopefully!) as a PR professional.
–Andi